A Utah man claims he found a skull that proves the existence of Bigfoot. The semi-retired private investigator says he was looking for fossils when he found the 70-pound rock formation near the mouth of Ogden Canyon back in May.

Todd May, 49, of Ogden, decided to make his discovery public by bringing the rock to reporters at the Standard-Examiner newspaper. The hefty rock was kept in the trunk of his Nissan 300 ZX.

“The rock looks vaguely like a smaller version of one of those Easter Island heads. Pronounced forehead. Large, flattened nose. What could only be described as a chiseled chin and jaw line,” Mark Saal writes in an article about the discovery. The newspaper sent a photo of the skull to paleontologists who said the rock’s features are not attributed to the existence of an ancient sasquatch.

“I’ll admit that it is the most head-like rock I have seen,” Kenneth Carpenter said, director and curator of paleontology at Utah State University Eastern’s Prehistoric Museum in Price. “However, there is no doubt that the object is a natural phenomenon. Basically, it is just the odd way the rock has weathered.”

May confesses he is a Bigfoot believer that has been curious about the legendary primate that is believed to exist in North America. “I’ve been tracking and watching for Bigfoot,” May said. “I’m very curious, interested in that, and wanted to get footage on it ’cause I’ve ran across him a couple of times.”

Brooks B. Britt, paleontologist at Brigham Young University in Provo, said he hears stories like May’s a lot.

“This happens all the time,” Britt said “I’ve been doing this since I first started at BYU, and only once did something turn out to be worthwhile.”

May says this isn’t the first time he’s encountered Bigfoot. In April 2011 he said he spotted a creature with a black silky coat moving quickly in Ogden Canyon.

"My first thought was, 'My heck, there's a gorilla escaped from the zoo or something,'?" he said. "I thought, 'What in the heck's a gorilla doing?' Then it dawned on me what it was."

In May he saw the sasquatch in the springs in the canyon at roughly 2 a.m. "I had the light on it, and I thought, 'Oh my land,' " May said. "It was tall, it was big, it was big around - pretty good size. And it kind of looked back at me and I was just frozen."

A Pennsylvania man also reported seeing Bigfoot in May. John Winesickle of Altoona, Penn., called 911 where police said the footprints he found came from bears. Other sightings have been reported in every state except Hawaii.

LiveScience speculates May experienced pareidolia, a phenomenon where people see faces in inanimate objects.  

Paleontologists say that May’s interpretation of the rock isn’t farfetched either. “Seeing recognizable shapes in objects (including clouds) is something the human mind is wired to do, even if it is seeing the Madonna in toast,” Carpenter wrote. “Seeing it doesn’t make it so.”